Sunday, 4 October 2015

Chelsea 1-3 Southampton: Saints compound Chelsea misery

Chelsea's miserable form continued as Southampton came from behind to claim a deserved 3-1 victory over the champions on Saturday Night Football.


After falling behind to Willian's exquisite free kick on 10 minutes, Southampton produced a stunning comeback as goals from Steven Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle sealed a first league victory at Stamford Bridge since January 2002.
Graziano Pelle stuns Stamford Bridge with Southampton's third goal
The results leaves Jose Mourinho's men languishing in 16th place, 10 points adrift of Manchester City, who returned to the top of the Premier League with an emphatic 6-1 victory over Newcastle earlier on Saturday.

After clamouring among Chelsea fans, John Terry was reinstated into the starting line-up following his omission from their Champions League defeat at Porto.
Jose Mourinho says referees are afraid to give decisions in Chelsea's favour and stated he's the best manager Chelsea has ever had.
Eden Hazard, Oscar and Radamel Falcao, in place of the suspended Diego Costa, completed four changes for Mourinho's side, and the changes had the desired effect as the defending champions took an early lead.

Having scored in the three games prior, Willian notched his fourth goal on the bounce with a sumptuous free kick, looping a curling effort over Maarten Stekelenburg from wide on the right that cannoned in off the post.
Willian celebrated his fourth goal in his last four games.
Chelsea appeared to bask in the brilliance of the Brazilian's effort as they failed to build on their opener and Southampton began to grow into the game.

Southampton had two substantial claims for a penalty waved away by referee Robert Madley in the first half. First, Virgil van Dijk was tugged back by Branislav Ivanovic before Sadio Mane was clearly brought to ground by Ramires just after the half hour mark.

To rub salt in the wound, Mane was booked for simulation following a tackle by Ivanovic in the aftermath.
Steven Davis beats Asmir Begovic from outside the box to level the score before the break.
But the visitors were not to be denied and they drew level on 44 minutes as Pelle's skilful chest down set up Davis to rattle home the equaliser with a forceful volley.

The visitors took the initiative after the break and should have been in front when Mane was denied only by a smothering save from Asmir Begovic three minutes in.

Chelsea then had a strong claim for penalty turned themselves as Falcao went down after a tangle with Stekelenburg. There was clear contact but replays suggested the Colombian was on his way to ground beforehand. And within three minutes Southampton had the lead.

Sadio Mane puts the Saints 2-1 up at Stamford Bridge
Tadic's inside pass was misread by Terry and allowed Mane through on goal, where he made no mistake in slotting the ball under the on-rushing Begovic.

The inclusion of Pedro did little to prevent a rampant Southampton side from getting their third on 72 minutes. Hazard's mis-hit pass handed possession to the Saints, who broke though Mane. The Senegal international slipped Pelle in on the right and he hammered the ball beyond Begovic.
John Terry's return failed to guide Chelsea back on the winning path
Half-time substitute Nemanja Matic was then hooked directly after the goal, with Loic Remy entering the fray as Chelsea tried to get back into proceedings.

But a comeback failed to materialise as Chelsea were condemned to their worst league start since 37 years ago, the season where they were relegated from the old First Division.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Begovic (8), Ivanovic (6), Cahill (6), Terry (6), Azpilicueta (7), Ramires (6), Fabregas (6), Willian (7), Oscar (6), Hazard (7), Falcao (6).

Used subs: Matic (5), Remy (4), Pedro (5).

Southampton: Stekelenburg (7), Cedric Soares (8), Fonte (7), van Dijk (7), Bertrand (7), Romeu (6), Wanyama (8), Mane (8), Steven Davis (8), Tadic (8), Pelle (8).

Used subs: Yoshia (2), Rodriguez (5), Ward-Prowse (6)

Man of the Match: Sadio Mane
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